Ronald leaping towards Istanbul

Cayman Olympian Ronald Forbes is continuing his training in Turkey. 

Forbes, 26, is flying out to Istanbul on Tuesday, 6 March, to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Indoor Championships. The North Side native states he is in a position to do well. 

“The events that I’ve been doing leading up to London 2012 is competing in regional indoor races in the US,” Forbes said. “I’m preparing myself to compete at the world indoor championships in Istanbul on 9-11 March. I leave for it on the 6th and I am feeling very excited about competing.  

“[At] the last world indoors in 2010 I really wasn’t in a good place mentally and physically, but all of that has changed now. With the addition of a hurdles training partner, [American] Antwon Hicks, my training intensity has elevated significantly, mimicking a real competition atmosphere as much as possible in practice.” 

The indoor championships are in their 14th year and are taking place at the Atkoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul. Forbes is expected to challenge 2008 Beijing Olympics champion Dayron Robles, Jamaican Richard Phillips and US hurdlers Aries Merritt and Kevin Craddock in the 60 metre hurdles. Robles won the 2010 event in Doha, Qatar, setting an indoor championship record by running the 60m hurdles in 7.34 seconds. 

Prior to this week’s meet, Forbes ran in February’s Missouri All-Comers event in Columbia, Missouri. The Florida International University graduate is competing in the London 2012 Olympics this summer after representing Cayman in Beijing four years ago. He states that after this week’s meet, his Olympic preparation will shift to outdoor competitions. 

“Once the indoor season is finished after the world championships, my outdoor competitions will begin immediately. Some races will be in places such as Jamaica and Florida. Other places are to be announced.”